NewsChicago Tribune: Almost every major Chicago chef will partake in Cooks for Ukraine fundraiser. Here’s the full list.

Posted Mar 11, 2022

By Nick Kindelsperger

Tony Priolo, chef and co-owner of Piccolo Sogno, was distraught over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and resulting humanitarian crisis. So he reached out to some fellow Chicago chefs about maybe doing a fundraiser. A few days later, so many chefs and other organizations agreed to participate that the event grew large enough to fill the massive Navy Pier Ballroom.

On Wednesday, more than 70 of Chicago’s biggest chefs are teaming up for Chicago Cooks for Ukraine. The full list of participating chefs is below, but it includes some of our city’s biggest names, including Erick Williams (Virtue), Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe), Lee Wolen (Boka Restaurant) and Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster).

All proceeds from the event will go to World Central Kitchen, an organization created in 2010 by celebrity chef José Andrés. As its website states, it’s a nonprofit that provides “meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises.”

It’s being presented by Lifeway Foods, a Morton Grove-based company that sells kefir. The company was founded by Michael Smolyansky, who fled with his family from Ukraine in 1976 because of Soviet Union repression. Other sponsors include Mariano’s, Green City Market, Illinois Restaurant Association, Blue Plate, Magellan Development Group, Cheftog, Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, and Navy Pier.

The event will be hosted by Priolo, chef Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Cafe), Darren Gest (Green City Market) and Eda Davidman (Green City Market).

General admission tickets cost $150, and include food and drinks from Breakthru Beverage Group. VIP tickets start at $500 and include early entrance at 5 p.m. to “meet and mingle with Chicagoland’s greatest chefs.”

To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.

Here’s the current list of participating chefs:

1. Rodolfo Cuadros from Amaru

2. Lewis Alexakis from Avli On the Park

3. Linda Bacin from Bacinos

4. Ken Polk from Batter & Berries

5. Alex Pitts from Bazaar Meats by José Andrés

6. Linda Friend from Big Fat Cookie

7. Martial Nougier from Bistronomic

8. Art Smith from Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

9. Hector Guerrero from Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

10. Charles Haracz from Blue Plate Catering

11. Lee Wolen from Boka Restaurant

12. Carrie Nahabedian from Brindille

13. Chris Pandel from Cira

14. Meg Galus from Cocoa + Co

15. Bernie Laskowski from Craft Urban

16. Tigist Reda from Demera

17. Kevin Hickey from The Duck Inn

18. Lamar Moore from Eleven Eleven

19. Marc Schumann from Eli’s Cheescake

20. Dudley Nieto from Fat Rosies

21. Jonathon Sawyer from Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and Adorn Bar & Restaurant

22. Zach Steen from Frontera Group

23. Cristiano Bassani from Gene & Georgetti

24. Jason Vincent from Giant

25. Chef Jose Sosa from Gibsons Italia

26. Federico Comacchio from Gioia Ristorante e Pastificio

27. Little Goat Diner

28. Mila Furman from The Girl in the Kitchen

29. Giuseppe Tentori from GT Fish & Oyster

30. Ellen King from Hewn Bread

31. Joshua Kulp and Christine Cikowski from Honey Butter Fried Chicken

32. Justin DePhillips from Jaleo by José Andrés

33. Katherine Anne from Katherine Anne Confections

34. Suzy DeYoung from La Soupe, Cincinnati

35. Oliver Poilevey from Le Bouchon

36. Darnell Reed from Luella’s Southern Kitchen

37. Jason Hammel from Lula Cafe

38. Dan Raskin from Manny’s Deli

39. Sarah Grueneberg from Monteverde

40. Sam Rattanopas from NaKorn

41. John Boudouvas from Nonnina

42. Caesar Murillo from North Pond

43. Jim Kallas from Offshore Rooftop

44. Jody Fyfe and David Abrahamson from Paramount Catering

45. Tusya Korastin from Petergof Banquet Hall

46. Tony Priolo and Mike Burke from Piccolo Sogno

47. Nick Hynes from Pescadero Seafood and Oyster Bar

48. Ozzy Amelotti from Petterino’s

49. Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris from Prairie Grass Cafe

50. Dana Cree and Michael Ciapciak from Pretty Cool Ice Cream

51. Greg Wade and Paul Kahan from Publican Quality Bread

52. Pure Green Juice

53. Jimmy Bannos and Jimmy Bannos Jr. from Purple Pig

54. Robert Garvey from Robert’s Pizza and Dough Company

55. Cliff Rome from Rome’s Joy Catering

56. Sahil Sethi from ROOH

57. Joe Flamm from Rose Mary

58. Barry Sorkin from Smoque BBQ

59. Heather Bublick and D’Andre Carter from Soul & Smoke

60. Marcos Ascencio from Taqueria Chingon

61. Toni Roberts from Torali at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago

62. Nataliya from Tryzub Restaurant

63. Carlos Gaytan from Tzuco

64. Jim Louras from Umbria Caffe

65. Bill Kim from Urbanbelly

66. Sophie Evanoff from Vanille Patisserie

67. Arshiya Farheen from Verzenay Chicago

68. Michelle Anne from Victory Italian

69. Erick Williams from Virtue

70. Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark from Wherewithall